Entries from September 2017

Monday, September 25th, 2017

Humor in the Playboy of the Western World

The part of The Playboy of the Western World that I found the most humorous was when Pegeen denied being engaged to Shawn when Widow Quin mentioned it to Christy. When I read Pegeen’s first lines in the beginning of Act One I assumed she simply was uninterested in being married at all due to the […]

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Staging “The Playboy of the Western World”

In the end of “The Playboy of the Western World” Act 1 there is a particularly funny part that contradicts all that the audience has learned about Christy. We have been led to assume that he is is a dangerous murderer who has killed his own father. He and Pegeen are in a conversation about […]

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Playing for Laffs: Pegeen’s Preparatory Performance

As Professor of Theatre Todd Wronski always sez, “The only bad decision is no decision.” If staging The Playboy of the Western World (or any play) as a comedy, one may have the initial response to look for what’s funny, and stage those as funny, and let the rest sit as one’s initial reaction determined it. […]

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Humor in Playboy of the Western World

Synge’s Playboy of The Western World begins with satirical commentary about how typical plays with love stories turn out. Peegan is categorizing a list of unusual wedding items for a woman of a lower socioeconomic status which brings out the initial satirical tone. She mentions how she intends to buy many yards of yellow fabric […]

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Christy the Monster

One moment in the play that would have made me laugh if staged well is Pegeen and Shawn’s exchange when he suddenly changes his mind and decides to stay just to have Pegeen shut the door and lock him out. The sarcastic humor occurs in Pegeen’s line when she claims there is now no danger, […]

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Synge’s Humor in Act 2: Christy- Murderer or Celebrity?

At the beginning of Act 2 on page 116 starting at line 60 to line 78, the village girls, Sara and Susan, meet Christy for the first time after hearing word of his crime in town. This meeting is humorous to me because after asking Christy if he is the man who killed his father […]

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

The Playboy of the Telenovela World

When the group of women first encounter Christy at the beginning of Act II, they enter with a predisposed fascination rooted in the community gossip about Christy murdering his father. This particular scene has great comedic potential for the stage because of the many bodies gravitating toward and centering all their attention on Christy. What […]

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Dining and Dishing with Widow Quin

Since the introduction of Widow Quin, the drama Christy brought to the play becomes more enjoyable and humorous. When Christy first tells the people at the shebeen that he killed his father, the attempt from Michael, Shawn, and Pegeen to get the details from Christy fell flat because of the dry humor and “blank amusement” […]

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Colin Firth as Christy (even though he’s British)

By the end of Act I and opening scene of Act II, Christy is the intrigue of the entire village – attracting more attention to himself than ever before because he murdered his father. The final line of Act One, ” …two fine women fighting for the likes of me – till I’m thinking this […]

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

Synge’s Humor Envelops Masculinity and Religion.

In Act I of J.M Synge’s Playboy of the Western World, the character Shawn appears as an archetypal wimp willing to make excuses that expose his “flaws” as a strong, masculine man.  Furthermore, Synge plays on the overwhelming influence and existence of the Catholic Church in Ireland in order to emphasize how Shawn tries to exploit […]